Table 1: Juniper's Software Timetable
|Junos Space||Software platform for network applications, including things like provisioning and monitoring. Opens the possibility of third-party applications.||SDKs launching late 2010 or early 2011|
|Junos Pulse||Resides on clients, providing identity and security; possibly plays a role in policy||Available now as an iPhone app|
|Junos Pulse SDK||Letting software developers work with Pulse||Deliver in 2012|
|A developer program||Creation of a community. Preferably one that attends developer events with cool giveaways.||Launch in 2011|
|Source: Juniper Networks|
Why should you care? Because all this software stuff -- especially the invitation for customers or independent software developers to create their own applications -- is a huge part of how Juniper intends to stand out against Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. In the long term, this could be as big to Juniper's future as the latest big numbers on the latest big router.
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading